Neko Case Middle Cyclone on 180-gram Vinyl 2LP Set!
Extraordinary 2009 Album From Unmatched Vocalist!
Vocalist Neko Case's 2006 album Fox Confessor Brings the Flood achieved that rare plateau where critical acclaim meets commercial success. Along with her work in pop darlings The New Pornographers, Case's string of extraordinary releases has allowed her to forge an uncommonly deep and meaningful bond with her audience. That relationship continues on Middle Cyclone, an extraordinary collection of breathtaking pop, folk, rock, and clever songwriting that stands as her best work yet.
With Case's indefatigable touring band (guitarist Paul Rigby, bassist Tom V. Ray, vocalist Kelly Hogan, multi-instrumentalist Jon Rauhouse, and drummer Barry Mirochnick) providing key support--and a collection of friends and fellow travelers that include M. Ward, Garth Hudson, Sarah Harmer as well as members of the New Pornographers, Los Lobos, Calexico, The Sadies, Visqueen, and Giant Sand--the incomparable singer drifts from being introspective to imaginative to dreamy to everything in between.
Full of microdetails and ravishing atmospherics, you'll want to hear this on LP!
"Case’s voice embodies the extremes of passion: She’s either taking the plunge with arms wide open, leaping blind toward an uncertain fate, or crawling from the wreckage with fangs bared. “I’m a man eater,” she declares, and who’s going to argue with her? The music channels the meditative grit of rural country, but the studio settings are atmospherically rich and carefully considered: Byrds-like guitar chimers, orchestrated pop arias, avant-garde field recordings. If anything there’s a stronger emphasis than ever on melody, with Case’s side gig with the New Pornographers clearly influencing some of the more exuberant choruses. But what resonates longest are the details." -Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune, February 2009
"Neko Case's daring Middle Cyclone is as much instinctual as it is about instinct. Leaving convention to chance, the nature-championing and emotion-confronting record is the most explicit evidence yet that the breathtaking chanteuse has ventured beyond the alt-country realm." -Bob Gendron, The Absolute Sound, March 2009
Neko Case Middle Cyclone Track Listing:
1. This Tornado Loves You
2. The Next Time You Say "Forever"
3. People Got A Lotta Nerve
4. Polar Nettles
5. Vengeance Is Sleeping
6. Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth
7. Middle Cyclone
9. Magpie To The Morning
10. I'm An Animal
11. Prison Girls
12. Don't Forget Me
13. The Pharaohs
14. Red Tide
15. Marais La Nuit